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Woefully pedantic


A sequel to the 2007 Dhamalmoneyspinner was expected.

It took quite a long time for Indra Kumar and team to get their act together though.

More of similar vein have come and gone in the interim, biting the dust at the box- office more often than not. The sequel, Double Dhamaal, delayed though it may be, has hopes for a double whammy, but its pedantic moronic run of play is more likely to put a stop to the expected Bull Run.

The script is chaotic – one trite gag follows another with some oft- repeated slapstick thrown in for good measure and the result is nowhere close to a laugh riot. In fact, it all looks so painstaking and laboured and the timing is definitely off. The writing is stupidly piecemeal. Its basically a set of comedy routines ( borrowed from many sources) forcibly bent to fit in with the flimsy plotline. Losers all, Roy ( Ritesh Deshmukh), Boman ( Ashish Choudhury), Adi ( Arshad Warsi) and their mentally deficient brother Manav( Javed Jaffrey) come back from a long hibernation in an effort to bring the house down.

Sanjay Dutt, the ex- cop is now a big- time con and he is setting the four blokes up for a big fall, with able support from his sister Kia ( Kangana Ranaut) and his fiancée, ex- bar dancer, Kamini ( Mallika Sherawat).

It is quite an interesting set- up but the writers seem to have had no interest in developing it into something more substantial.

The characters get twisted and turned to do the directors bidding and as a result they dont have any consistency. The performers are individually good, but their predominantly individualistic acts fail to strike sparks off each other and as a result the chemistry for generating laughs is also missing.

Comedy is all about timing and that is sorely defunct in this enterprise. Instead , what you get is word gags that fail to tickle the funny bone. Strung together in sitcom- like fashion, the narrative for the first 45 minutes is so un- amusing that you would be hard- pressed to fall asleep. In the post interval phase the dialogues turn spoofy with references to most of the recent Bollywood hits and misses becoming grist for some woebegone humour.

The second half perks- up just a wee little with some chaplinesque slap- stick, but even that fails to mask the ill- fitting laboured crassness that fuels this enterprise.

The cast attempt their standard issue loud and over pitched dose of buffoonery and mimicry but the result is not in the least bit funny. If you are still eager to catch this monstrosity be sure to wear some ear- plugs! Johnsont307@ gmail. com

Double Dhamaal

Director: Indra Kumar Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Ritesh deshmukh, Arshad Warsei, Javed Jaffery, Ashish Choudhary, Kangana Ranaut, Malika Sherawat Rating: * *